The Graduate Live Read

Early on in The Graduate, there’s that iconic moment. Ben Braddock, a recent college grad, is talking with the beautiful older family friend Mrs. Robinson. Ben says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” It’s iconic thanks to director Mike Nichols’ choice of angle, the delivery of the line by Dustin Hoffman, and the way that one sentence sets the entire story into motion.

At Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the season, actor Jay Baruchel played the role of Ben Braddock. When he got to that line, delivered next to his Mrs. Robinson, Sharon Stone, the 32-year-old actor broke character, cocked his right arm on his side and whispered, “Yes!” He was excited, not just because he nailed the legendary line, but maybe he got the feeling what was to follow was going to go very well. Reitman’s casting of Baruchel as the nervous, unsure, yet charming and likable Ben couldn’t have been more perfect. The same could also be said for Sharon Stone, whose Mrs. Robinson was sexy, confident and cool.

Though both actors were merely sitting in chairs, reading lines of dialogue, their body language created an electric chemistry that turned the combination of a great cast and a flawless script into a memorable event. Below, read more details about the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read of The Graduate. Read More »

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Is it weird to watch Woody Allen working as a self-styled pimp, given his own, er, unusual sexual history? Maybe so, and perhaps that just makes this new trailer for John Turturro‘s film Fading Gigolo more, er, striking. I keep waiting for the whole thing to be revealed as an extended dream sequence, given that the plot has the Normal Guy played by Turturro turning into a $1000-per night gigolo thanks to the efforts of his pal, played by Allen. We’re given an intro via two gorgeous women (Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara) who want a threesome, with Vergara even offering up that “a woman is meant to be looked at.” Seriously.

Lest you think this is all just a self-serving wish-fulfillment act from Turturro, note that The Playlist called the film “odd, uneven and yet engaging” after its premiere at TIFF, and noted that the best parts of the picture turn up via Turturro’s relationship with a widow played by Vanessa Paradis.  That makes it sound like some reality does tap the main character on the shoulder sooner or later, which may be good to know. in the meantime, take in the new trailer below. Read More »

Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried‘s covered more genres in the few of years than some actors do in their entire careers. She’s done an indie drama (The End of Love), a thriller (Gone), a musical (Les Misérables), a romcom (The Big Wedding), a kids’ cartoon (Epic), and now, she’s gonna do porn. Er, that is, a movie about porn.

Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein‘s Lovelace chronicles the story of Linda Boreman, who became an international sensation after changing her name to Linda Lovelace and starring in the crossover porn hit Deep Throat. Seyfried plays the title character, while Peter Sarsgaard co-stars as her husband/Svengali Chuck Traynor. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

Update: While the original embed was removed at the studio’s request, the official version has been released and can be found below.

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MacGruber

I hope you’re excited for Human Centipede III, because shooting in LA has already begun. Also after the jump:

  • Will Forte is working on MacGruber 2 this summer
  • Could the Fast Five vault heist happen in real life? (No.)
  • Charlie Sheen returns to his Latino roots for Machete Kills
  • Glenn Morshower won’t be in Transformers 4, but you could be
  • Rumor has it Sharon Stone wants a Basic Instinct 3
  • J.J. Abrams hasn’t ruled out a third Star Trek
  • Hatchet III and The Smurfs 2 get new posters

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe aren’t the only former Harry Potter stars getting their post-Hogwarts careers on. After the jump, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton find new roles, along with Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in this mostly British edition of Casting Bits.

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When we first reported on Fading Gigolo, the movie that John Turturro wrote and will direct and star in, we noted that Woody Allen had been offhandedly mentioned as an actor who might end up in the movie. That’s kind of a big deal, since Allen hasn’t acted in a movie that he didn’t direct since making small appearances in Alfonso Arau’s Picking Up the Pieces and Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath’s Company Man, both released in 2000.

Now Allen is confirmed for the picture, and we know that he’ll be a guy who talks Turturro’s character into working as a gigolo and then acts as his pimp. Sounds like a win. A really weird win, but still. Read More »

The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Scwarzenegger prison-set action thriller The Tomb has just added James Caviezel. Producer Mark Canton announced over the weekend that the actor had signed on, and that he’ll play the warden of a super high-tech prison that Stallone’s character designed, and from which he has to escape. Canton also said that Schwarzenegger, who plays a resident of the prison, will have a solid chunk of screen time. No mere cameo for Arnie. Mikael Hafstrom directs. [AICN]

After the break, check out the clip from the radio show where Canton talked about The Tomb, and catch up with news on Antonio Banderas playing Pablo Picasso, and John Turturro’s next films. One of those may be Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Read More »

Armie Hammer has been working his clean-cut golden boy looks to his advantage in The Social Network, J. Edgar, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror, but the latest addition to his slate will see him transforming into a bit more of a “badass.” Hammer will bulk up and shave his head to star with Eric Bana in By Virtue Fall, a “gritty drama” about an ATF agent (Hammer) who gets framed for corruption and serves time into a maximum security prison. Once out, he’s determined to get revenge on his former partner (Bana), whom he blames for destroying his life.

The project marks the directing debut of Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner, who also penned this script. By Virtue Fall is scheduled to start sometime in 2012, after Hammer wraps up Disney’s The Lone Ranger over the summer. [Deadline]

After the jump, Richard Jenkins becomes Adam Scott’s dad, while Juno Temple and Wes Bentley befriend Amanda Seyfried.

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